This is a copy
of the Wikimedia page, the original uploaded blanked out all of the
copyrighted images, the original uploader also notes that it was
unlikely that The Razor's Edge got proper authorization to use such
For a long time, I couldn't find much information online about the
magazine. All I knew about the magazine is from the online copy of it
and from the Wikimedia page.
While trying (and failing) to find information on The Razor's Edge, I
found a website for a magazine that has the similar name of RazorsEdge Magazine, that is published in Baltimore and "is a unique, quarterly lifestyle periodical targeted to the hair and fashion industries"
- but despite its name, it would seem that it has nothing at all to do
with the 1970's "Razor's Edge", for one it is aimed towards
17-to-60-year-olds, and two it would seem that it was first published in
April of 2004 and not 1977.
My luck changed when I decided to research one of the authors of the
magazine, that being Alan Shenker, looking his name up online, I came
across an article written in 2013 by The Comics Journal who were
reporting on his death. As it turns out, Alan Shenker was a Jewish guy
who was born in March of 1945 and often used the pen name of Yossarian.
To quote Shenker on why he used a pen name;
Basically my parents didn't want me to use the family name. Plus if you
choose a name, you have a lot more leeway. People start to accept you
the way you want to be, rather than some name that your parents chose
twenty years earlier and forced on you. Plus it's nice to be
semi-anonymous. I can go into a certain situation as Shenker and get
better feedback on my work, because they don't know I was the one who
had done the work.
The article goes over The Razor's Edge and Yossarian's work by saying;
Yossarian had a fetish for bald women and self published several issues
of The Razor's Edge, which featured women shaving their heads.
["]Yossarian was sweet and shy["], said [Rex] Weiner and as a good
Jewish boy, he was conflicted about his art. "He had a fetish for bald
women you know, but he was out front about it. There was a nice
militancy about his cartoon work. He believed that cartoonists should be
organized and independent and he was proud of being part of that
According to the article, Yossarian would work on other magazines such
as Screw, East Village Other, Gothic Blimp Works, The Rat, Kiss and the
New York Ace.
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